Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a coup injury?

2. How does Baden prove the bullet went into John Connally sideways?

3. What did Baden recommend to the MIA team?

4. What does the group find has happened to Kennedy's brain?

5. What happened in St. Louis in 1973 that hindered MIA investigations?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

3. Explain how Baden used the digestive system to determine time of death in the Hendricks case.

4. Describe briefly the position of coroner during the reign of King Richard I.

5. Explain what actually happened to Daphne Mellon.

6. Discuss why Baden believes how someone dies is a reflection of how they live.

7. Explain why doctors believed Sunny von Bulow was suffering from low blood sugar on her arrival the third time at the hospital, in spite of EMT belief that she was suffering an overdose.

8. What are the ways mentioned in Chapter Six to identify a body?

9. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

10. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Baden discusses the use of forensic medicine to help humanity. After reading the book, how do you think forensic medicine can help humanity beyond locating a cause of death? Do you think this role is important? Why? What does the role of an ME have on criminal trials and other investigations? Is this important? When combined with the knowledge that public opinion can overpower science, is the role of a medical examiner more or less important? Why? Be sure to use concepts from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

Essay Topic 3

In the Joseph Christopher case, Baden points out several odd serial killer characteristics. What made Christopher a rare serial killer? What were his methods? What were his motives? How does this differ from other serial killers? Be sure to be detailed in your answers, and include each phase of Christopher's killing spree, including:

• The shootings in Buffalo

• The killings of the taxi drivers

• The slashings in New York

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